A new set of images regarding HTC's unannounced "Ocean" device has hit the internet. These images are of a purported case for the device and possibly give a good indication of the handset's configuration. As well as confirming how the various sensors and ports will be arranged, the images also appear to dispel at least one prior report about features the device would come with – hardware buttons. Unfortunately whether or not today's leak is completely accurate will not become clear until the company officially announces the smartphone.
The first thing to note about the alleged case and associated configuration is that the placement of ports, speakers, and other typical smartphone bits bears a striking resemblance to other HTC devices, such as the HTC 10. The device is set to release without a 3.5 mm headphone jack – with the company opting for USB Type-C based audio output instead – but there is still a port at the top of the device. As reported on April 2, the flagship is set to have "3D audio," so the top port is likely for the left-oriented speaker. Meanwhile, the bottom-firing, right-oriented speaker port is visible at the bottom of the device. Charging and mic ports appear to maintain a similar configuration for the Ocean compared to prior devices. Although another noticeable change is that the flash for the camera appears to be moved to the opposite side of the sensor.
HTC's upcoming flagship was previously expected to be ditching buttons altogether, in favor of a touch-based solution in combination with contextual user interface queues. However, that may not be the case after all, if the current leaked images are anything to go by. The case has well-defined button protrusions along what would be the left-hand side of the device – when viewed from the front. That may come as a disappointment to anybody hoping for something a bit more revolutionary. Although it is possible that the device will make use of both the rumored sensors and hardware buttons for those who prefer that sort of thing. Not to mention, it bears repeating that this leak, as with other leaks, could end up meaning nothing at all when it comes to the final design of HTC's unannounced flagship.